Behind The Brew
Doug Odell’s passion for craft beer started in the 70s with his first job scrubbing the mash tun at San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company.
After his time at Anchor, Doug moved to Seattle where he continued to homebrew, perfected some recipes and met his wife Wynne.
While honeymooning in the UK, Doug and Wynne were inspired by the many small breweries that were successfully selling flavorful real ale and decided they wanted to take Doug’s passion commercial.
While Doug and Wynne were looking for the perfect town to start their brewery, Doug’s sister Corkie was living in Fort Collins. She sold them on the cozy college town, which, unlike Seattle, didn’t have any other craft breweries. The three of them joined forces to open up the brewery in 1989.
The original brewery was located in a 1915 grain elevator just a few blocks from where the current brewery sits. Their first commercial release was Odell’s Golden Ale, brewed with all malt and a modest hop build. 90 Shilling came along soon after, and it remains the brewery’s top-selling flagship.
Odell Brewing Company is committed to contributing to charitable programs that serve the community and engaging their staff and fans in their philanthropic efforts. They are determined to not only reduce physical waste but also improve water and energy usage at every stage of their process.
Product Recommendation- Odell Solarized
Style: Yuzu Double IPA
Taste: Zippy grapefruit-like flavor with notes of mandarin orange and lemon zest
Pairings: Mexican tilapia or perfectly-cooked white fish, topped colorfully with mango salsa, cilantro, cumin and green chillies
Staff Quote - Aidan's Pick
“In a market full of hazy, juicy, New-England style IPAs, Odell lets Solarized sets itself apart by letting it be itself. The slightly sweet tang of yuzu complements a perfectly balanced grapefruit finish, and a full, lush mouthfeel belies the beer’s easy-drinking, crushable nature. Balance is truly the name of the game here, and this is a balancing act that the folks at Odell have pulled off to amazing effect.”